Join us for Mary's month at Galong
May is a particularly exciting and inspiring month at St Clement's.
Hundreds of pilgrims each year flock to the Marian Procession (a scene from last year pictured above), which has a history going back many decades. This year, St Clement's is inviting you to combine attending the procession with a weekend of prayerful reflection which Sr. Robyn McNamara RSJ and Galong rector Fr Bill Goldman CSsR are guiding. It runs from 6pm, Friday, 1 May, to Sunday afternoon, 3 May, and concludes with the Marian Procession.
Retreat participants will be able to combine attending the procession with a few days prayerfully reflecting on Mary, the Mother of God, as a woman of faith and a disciple who leads us to Jesus. Please bring a bible to the retreat.
The Marian Procession celebration begins with the pilgrims' Mass at noon, with the crowning of the statue of Our Lady and procession to the grotto at 2pm.
Gentle, compassionate guide
A priest with many years of ministry in preaching and pastoral counselling will direct the six-day retreat from 20 to 27 July. Fr. Dom Carrigan CSsR from Newcastle is stepping into the director's role as Fr Glenn de Cruz is committed to an important Redemptorist meeting in Perth. Fr Dom is Catholic chaplain at the University of Newcastle and works in the parish of Wallsend/ Shortland. Fr Bill Goldman describes him as " a boy from the bush up Moree way and is a very approachable and prayerful man. I am sure you will find him a gentle and compassionate man".
Experience of a lifetime
Participants are looking forward to an experience of a lifetime with world-leading theologians Fr Anthony Kelly CSsR and Fr. Frank Maloney SDB sharing and discussing Pope Francis' call to Live the Joy of the Gospel from Sunday, 28 June, to Friday, 3 July. This is for anyone, lay, religious and clergy, and starts with the evening meal at 6pm on Sunday.
Thank you for your support
To all the friends of St Clement's, may the blessings of Easter be with you and your family and friends. Thank you for your support of the Redemptorists and St Clement's Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong.
Want to know more?
For more information about our retreat program, or to make a booking, telephone 6380 5222 and speak to Sue or Liz, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to 'Ned'
The latter-day tradition of hospitality to all began at Galong with Irish transportee Edward 'Ned' Ryan, who settled there in the late 1820s. The Ryans introduced new forms of agricultural practice which resulted in wealth and success for them and the wider community. The last of the Ryans died without issue and through the will of Ned’s son John Nagle Ryan, the property was passed onto the Redemptorist Congregation who established a monastery and a juvenate named for St Clement Hofbauer (1751-1820), in 1918. For more information about St Clement’s, click here.